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This is the sixth set of notes for a reading group on Marx’s Capital, and includes a Volume I refresher for further reading of Volume II. There are links to earlier posts and texts that may be useful. Marx is probably too taken with a kind of scientism by proposing...

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  • October 25, 2021
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

“Dadirri listens and knows, witnesses, feels, empathizes in the pain under the anger, and, if the anger is accompanied by action, seeks to understand the thoughts and feelings behind the action. Dadirri then seeks to find the source of that pain in knowledge-building for a deepening understanding of the more...

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  • April 23, 2021

The stress test is coming for states like Arizona as water levels likely to dip below 1075 feet in June. The mega-drought in the American west means water restrictions are looming in the next few months. Climate change has arrived in the Colorado basin much as it has in most...

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  • April 21, 2021

420 should be an official national holiday. Also, here’s the latest news out of Pennsylvania: The suit means business. Revenue. Jobs. Justice. Freedom. Legal Weed ✅ for PA. pic.twitter.com/0qEHxolMNh — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) April 20, 2021 People who want lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania rallied Tuesday at the...

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  • April 20, 2021

The week has started badly and tragically. Even the Suez Canal got blocked. but we should at least think about Spring Cleaning, even if we never get it completed. It’s enough to make you nuke a space hurricane, eat a pie under the covers, or buy a QAnon Sudoku decoder...

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  • March 24, 2021

The COVID Relief Bill is much more. It creates a path to fix poverty. We discuss fake news and misinformation on a University of Houston panel. COVID Relief Bill Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Jen Psaki...

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  • March 12, 2021

From Rolling Stone: The Covid relief package is providing a platform for a historic Senate newcomer to deliver for a long-struggling constituency: black farmers. Led by Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, Senate Democrats are touting a $5 billion provision in the relief bill that will wipe out federal debts...

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  • March 3, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

Received this e-mail from Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign: Pennsylvania is *clearly superior* to New Jersey: In NFL teams, cheesesteaks, and convenience stores. But as of this week, NJ has something that most states, including PA, do not: Weed. Fully legal weed. ✅ I believe that weed should...

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  • February 26, 2021

Oh barf: Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue took the first steps toward a potential comeback bid by filing campaign paperwork on Monday to explore a challenge against Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. The Republican’s aides say he still hasn’t decided whether to challenge Warnock next year, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...

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  • February 16, 2021

Some big news today out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says he is taking “a serious look” at another run for the U.S. Senate in 2022, an ambition he plans to share with supporters on Friday. “The 2022 cycle in Pennsylvania is going to be one of the...

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  • January 8, 2021

Blessings to all the activists, particularly Tó Nizhóní Án, whose 40-year grassroots efforts help heal our damaged planet and potentially protect us from a cataclysmic future for all life at risk of extinction. From the Press release of the Hopi and Navajo people: The demolition of the three 775-foot-tall smokestacks at Navajo Generating Station...

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  • December 21, 2020

Our economic system transfers your and the masses' wealth and money to the rich using techniques described here, making water falsely scarce. Making everything, even water, a scarce product is how they rip us off. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. One of our Politics Done Right listeners sent an article that...

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  • December 10, 2020

Tom Vilsack returns to the position he held during the Obama administration at USDA. Why hasn’t the pandemic compelled a rethinking of factory farming. Changing trends toward sustainability must show that the structure of industry needs to change. We’ll see. At least Biden is motivated by actual contacts rather than seeing...

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  • December 9, 2020

“Until now, Donald Trump served as a support for the Brazilian president to act irresponsibly. Now with the U.S. adding to Europe’s pressure, Brazil is more isolated, and the government will find it harder to stay on this foolish path.” Alessandro Molon, the opposition Brazilian Socialist Party  The Amazon is half...

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  • December 2, 2020

All his life, Donald Trump has managed to avoid responsibility for the damage he’s done to others: his racial discrimination in his housing (not to mention his neglect of that same housing), his stiffing of contractors, driving many of them into bankruptcy, his exploitation of undocumented immigrants, his misogynistic treatment...

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  • November 27, 2020

From The Huffington Post: x YouTube Video Two Republican super PACs used the same supposed voter in newly released ads for at least three different Senate races, including those in Maine, Iowa and Kansas. In an ad produced by American Crossroads that aired in Kansas, a brown-haired woman criticizes Democratic...

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  • October 28, 2020

The Other 98% shared this commentary about Sue Republican. Sue hates the libtards. Sue hates the government. Sue is a Republican, and she loves Donald Trump. Sue gets up at 6 a.m. and fills her coffeepot with water to prepare her morning coffee. The water is clean and good because...

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  • October 28, 2020

The Trumpian grievance tour continues: Today in North Carolina, apparently the Trump campaign cares about whether a terrorist conspiracy gets to fly its flag. In a car-rally in Philadelphia, PBO dragged Trump about that bank account in China. x A Trump campaign worker ahead of the President’s rally in Gastonia,...

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  • October 21, 2020

Industry concentration and monopolization have become boring and technical so the exploitation of labor now gets a meme-term from Zephyr Teachout that sounds more like a QAnon conspiracy: chickenization.  COVID-19 does have something to do with it considering the acceleration of the pandemic in meat production centers. It involves something more akin...

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  • October 7, 2020

The irony here is rich. How the fuck am I supposed to keep government surplus food down if I’m continually reminded of Trump? Politico: The Agriculture Department last week began mandating that millions of boxes of surplus food for needy families include a letter from President Donald Trump claiming credit...

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  • October 1, 2020

From The American Prospect: Meanwhile, the Loeffler family farm continues to operate, and several of Loeffler’s family members continue to pull in significant sums of money from government agriculture subsidies. Despite allies of Loeffler slamming her conservative opponent Collins for supporting the farm bill that provides such subsidies to farmers, five of...

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  • September 25, 2020

Inside Climate News has been doing profiles on the major races this year and how climate change has been an issue in these races. One of the big races they’ve been following is the Iowa U.S. Senate race between U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R. IA) and businesswoman Theresa Greenfield (D....

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  • September 10, 2020

So this happened earlier this week: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst seemed to embrace on Monday a thoroughly-discredited QAnon conspiracy theory about U.S. deaths from COVID-19 being a mere fraction of what has been reported. As the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier wrote, Ernst said she was “so skeptical” of the official death...

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  • September 5, 2020

From Vox: Sen. Joni Ernst had to walk a fine line with her Republican National Convention speech on Wednesday. While she’s likely relying on President Donald Trump’s support to turn out the Republican base in her bid for reelection in November, she also runs the risk of appearing too close to him...

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  • August 28, 2020

From Salon: Maine farmers have blamed recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service after receiving thousands of dead baby chicks due to shipping delays. The state's postal workers blamed the slowdown on a bill championed by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that “weakened the Postal Service” — and faces a tough...

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  • August 23, 2020

Putting another one up in case folks want to comment as we watch history together, I will include liveblog comments below as we proceed. #KHive who’s ready for a speech tonight? #DemConvention2020 pic.twitter.com/DFKJrQy9Ag — Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) August 19, 2020 PBO excerpt The DNC's 3 core messages have been: 1)...

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  • August 20, 2020

I’m Red Woodman, Senior Investigator for what we call the “Frog Court.”  If I can just get through today, I can retire with a pension.  But a whole bunch of new cases just hit my in-basket and I came to work to find a guy sobbing over a couple of baby...

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  • August 14, 2020

Even as some things are becoming less clear in the repression-stunts being pulled by Trump, we can see that Trump is prepping the ground for a loss. Can he keep it up? Trump will need that support to keep himself out of prison and to galvanize the 25% dead-enders. There are...

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  • July 27, 2020

More Trump shtick, recycling old material, but he still loves trucks. The president is ranting about shower heads, dishwashers, and light bulbs. Now Fox News is fact-checking IMPOTUS*. x Cool. Now do one for the weight of 135,000 dead Americans. And 30 million unemployed workers. https://t.co/kKPThOG7za— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July...

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  • July 16, 2020
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Trump went to another COVID “hotspot” and gave an infrastructure speech because it's that week again. CNN and MSNBC had the good taste not to broadcast it. Trump wore no mask, in violation of Atlanta policy. Strange how only GOP governors void local mask mandates, not coincidentally they have higher...

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  • July 16, 2020

When you bear hug Trump, this is what you get: ‘Iowa senator Joni Ernst signed on to a letter begging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler – whom she voted to put into office – to reject retroactive biofuel blending waivers harmful to many Iowa farmers. Ernst and other Senators urged the...

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  • July 2, 2020

Received this e-mail today from actor and activist, Bradley Whitford, on behalf of the Wisconsin Democratic Party: Hey there, Bradley Whitford here. You may know me from shows like the West Wing and The Handmaid’s Tale. But what a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m from Wisconsin. I...

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  • June 27, 2020

Reading the Bolton book is a tough slog. although it is amusing to read how he wanted to settle scores including obliquely allowing Rex Tillerson to call Nikki Haley a c***. If there’s a takeaway so far, it is how badly edited it is, and how absent any consideration of...

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  • June 21, 2020

Forgive me if this has already been shared, but it’s a must-see: x Donald Trump is apparently losing his mind on twitter over this ad so watch it and retweet it to share it far and wide. pic.twitter.com/WNSnmFZfr0 — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) June 19, 2020 Trump’s totally sane and measured...

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  • June 19, 2020

Vanity Fair got hold of an unredacted copy of Bolton’s book, or parts of it at least. And what they found goes a long way to explaining Bunker Boy’s exploding head. The redacted version is bad enough: Trump was pushing Xi Jinping to help him win reelection by buying from the...

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  • June 18, 2020

Trump’s button got pushed by Biden: x If John Bolton's accounts are true, it’s not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people to protect America’s interests and defend our values.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 17, 2020 x Joe Biden was a TOTAL...

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  • June 18, 2020

There’s juicy stuff in the Bolton book even if his mercenary lust for money came before putting Trump in the vise during the Impeachment. It seems less revelatory as it might simply confirm how incompetent and dangerous Trump remains. “He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election,...

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  • June 17, 2020

No way am I going to buy John Bolton’s book. That gruesome, caramel corn-looking motherfucker won’t get a penny from me. But, hey, the enemy of my enemy is (very temporarily) my friend, even if he looks like Wilford Brimley fucked one of Saruman’s orcs. And The New York Times...

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  • June 17, 2020

This fucking guy: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis has joined a growing list of litigants challenging the Walz administration over the Minnesota governor’s shutdown orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Lewis’ lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is the second federal legal challenge to Gov. Tim Walz’s amended executive order...

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  • May 26, 2020
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So this photo has been circulating on Twitter: https://twitter.com/prettyjanice888/status/1256411621536215040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Scott Bixby at The Daily Beast highlights why I can’t go on Twitter: But the woman in the photo is definitely, without a doubt, not Reade. pic.twitter.com/sMbQZ78kQ3 — UsHadrons (@ushadrons) May 3, 2020 The image and its imitators have exploited Twitter’s...

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  • May 7, 2020

Paul Waldman at WaPo hits the latest version of the post-prime-time presser Trump show, as Kayleigh “Kayfabe” McEnany does another Vanna White presser. The last six months of Trump terror a.k.a. Bachelor-Grifter's Price is Reich will feature Individual-1 doing his impression of Thurston Howell on Gilligan-Epstein’s Island. Ignore that second...

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  • May 6, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Mike Espy’s (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: Across the country, and especially in my state of Mississippi, agricultural workers are the backbone of our economy. But unfortunately, they’re not always treated that way, especially now during this pandemic. Last week, President Trump passed an executive...

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  • May 5, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the People For the American Way: PFAW’s Take Back the Senate Fund has added THREE critical targets to our list of top 2020 Senate races: Shifting dynamics in the states of these right-wing Republicans have made their races more competitive. These stalwart Trump allies join...

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  • April 30, 2020

Below is a collection of things that I’ve been saving up — including the problems of CV-19, MMT, neoliberalism, and other things relating pandemics to the economy. If there’s a point to this selection it is to remind ourselves what will happen in 2021 with Larry Summers now advising the Biden...

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  • April 26, 2020

We are getting a pretty good look at what a rapid transition to green energy would look like if we ever act to slow down the looming apocalypse. Of course, we are in one now because of the trifecta of coronavirus, climate change, the sixth mass extinction, and predictions of...

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  • April 22, 2020

While we experience dread over the pandemic and climate change, a new threat emerges in Ukraine. Wildfires have been burning near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exclusion zone since April 4, 2020. The fires have now closed in on the nuclear power plant and its radioactive storage facility. The 18.5...

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  • April 14, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): Taking back control of the Senate from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans is one of our top priorities this November — and I am excited that Democrats are building a team of strong, pro-choice, Midwestern...

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  • March 5, 2020

Even during the struggle with having Dixiecrats in its midst, the modern Democratic party has stood for social justice, however compromised because of the nation’s conflicted constitutional history. The “social democrat” media frame must offset name-calling of “socialist/communist”, since America’s mixed regulatory economy does resemble economies which the US falls behind...

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  • February 25, 2020